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Garry Marshall
Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis
Writing Credits:
Anya Kochoff-Romano, Matt Walker, Tom Hines

Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day.

Box Office:
$25 Million.
Opening Weekend
$8,369,184 on 3,035 Screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 119 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 8/2/2016

• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Previews


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Mother's Day [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 27, 2016)

With 2016’s Mother’s Day, a noteworthy career comes to an end. Less than three months after the film’s release, director Garry Marshall passed away at the age of 81. That meant Marshall’s first film in five years would also become his last.

Given how much fine material Marshall created over the decades, I hoped Mother’s Day would end his career on a high note. A spiritual sequel to 2010’s Valentine’s Day and 2011’s New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day offers an ensemble piece that focuses on a few different families.

Divorcee Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) lives with her two sons Peter (Brandon Spink) and Mikey (Caleb Brown). Her husband Henry (Tim Olyphant) recently married a much younger woman (Shay Mitchell), and this upsets Sandy’s emotional apple cart.

Caucasian Jesse (Kate Hudson) is married to Indian-American Russell (Aasif Mandvi), and when her mother Flo (Margo Martindale) finds out, she doesn’t feel happy about this circumstance. Miranda (Julia Roberts) got pregnant young and gave up the baby to focus on her career as a writer. A surprise occurs when her now-adult child (Britt Robertson) seeks her birth mother.

Finally, Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) lost his wife recently. The widower tries to cope with his and parent his two girls Rachel (Jessi Case) and Vicky (Ella Anderson). He attempts to deal with Mother’s Day for the first time after the death of his spouse.

During his TV career, Marshall worked on a bunch of great series. Even if he’d done nothing other than The Odd Couple, he’d be aces in my book, but add to that Happy Days and other works, he winds up as a legend.

Marshall’s movie career seems spottier. Marshall enjoys one borderline classic via 1990’s Pretty Woman but has gave us dodgier efforts the rest of the time.

Unfortunately, Mother’s Day fails to finish Marshall’s career on a positive note. A “jack of all trades” movie, it includes so many characters and plots that it fails develop any of them in an even mildly satisfying manner.

With so little time per character, people speak in exposition and never feel real. They’re cardboard cutouts who talk about their “issues” in a stiff, unrealistic manner.

We do find a great cast, but all seem to be on cruise control. No one seems to put real effort into their roles, though I can’t blame them due to the thin nature of the characters.

Man, are these simplistic personalities! We follow the fairly easy lives of beautiful people, as the film attempts to find drama where little really seems to exist. It stretches and strains to make things “difficult” for people who appear to have few actual challenges.

All of this seems stale and trite, without much flow. The movie flits randomly from one character bit to another without real logic or connection.

This leaves Mother’s Day as a slow, uninvolving dud. The movie wastes talent in front of and behind the camera to create a tale without humor, charm or emotion. Little more than a collection of expositional moments and silly comedic bits, the film bombs.

Footnote: a small tag appears after the end credits.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus D+

Mother’s Day appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a terrific visual presentation.

From start to finish, sharpness looked nearly immaculate. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.

In terms of colors, the movie featured a palette that favored a slight teal and golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked great.

I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Mother’s Day seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.

Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better – such as one at a soccer game - but most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.

Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.

Only minor extras show up here. A Gag Reel runs nine minutes, 48 seconds. It shows the usual goofs and giggles – a lot of goofs and giggles, as a nearly 10-minute blooper collection seems excessive. At least director Garry Marshall pops up through the compilation – it’s nice to see the late filmmaker one last time.

Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of four minutes, 59 seconds. As that running time connotes, these give us short snippets, so don’t expect anything significant from them. We get a smidgen of exposition and small stabs at comedy but nothing noteworthy.

The disc opens with ads for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Only Yesterday, Big Stone Gap and April and the Extraordinary World. No trailer for Mother’s Day appears here.

As much as I’d love to claim that Garry Marshall’s career ended on a high note, Mother’s Day flops. Even with a slew of talent on-board, the movie feels predictable and ham-fisted. The Blu-ray offers excellent picture and adequate audio with minor supplements. Mother’s Day presents a feeble family comedy.

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